Aunt Nan says: “You might not have enough milk to breastfeed.”

Only 2% of mothers are unable to breastfeed for medical reasons.  Breasts make milk on a supply-and-demand basis.  As your baby takes milk, your body tells your breasts to make milk – so you will never run out, no matter what size your breasts are. 

If a mother feels she is having problems with her milk supply, she should contact a lactation consultant.  It may be caused by medications she is taking (e.g. birth control), problems with the baby’s latch at the breast, using a nipple shield, using a breast pump, or not emptying the breasts often enough.  A lactation consultant will be able to work with you to figure out what is causing the problem, and how to reverse it. 

To talk to a lactation consultant at the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, call 519.352.7270 ext. 2903.

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